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Arts Match

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It wasn’t a match made in heaven, but it might as well have been. Arts Match – an inaugural event hosted by Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) brought together local arts organizations, and art lovers on August 6, 2019 at Keyano Recital Theatre’s lobby.

Taking an idea from the pages of speed dating, the event gave organizations and individuals three minutes to pitch what they do. Ranging from literary arts to theatre, eight groups were in attendance to “match,” potential volunteers, or supporters, or just kindred spirits.

Zach Barrett, owner of Twisted Gears, a local audio video company founded five months ago, was happy to be at the event.

“We offer video/audio services, and have local podcasts too. It’s great to be here today, and have the opportunity to connect,” noted Barrett.

Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Coordinator for the ACWB came up with the idea for the event.  She was “super pleased with the turnout.”

“People made good connections; and it was great to see new faces. We have hidden talent out there that is either nervous, or looking for opportunities – the community wants to see them, and I’m hoping that’s what happened with this event,” noted Heading, whose two-year contract came about as a result of the damage done to the arts community by the wildfires of 2016.

“Artists have to heal before they can heal others, that’s what my role is all about. If you missed Arts Match this year; you better be here next year,” she said with a chuckle.

We think that’s a divine idea.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.